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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 28, 2011 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hershey 6 - 28 - 85

Here is my take on this one Micah. I have to tell you - this show garnered as much conversation as any show we reviewed over at TA...

6/28/85
Hershey Park

What a pleasant surprise this show was for me. Gone are the days where I immediately dismiss an early 80’s show just because Jerry sounds close to death. For this particular performance I am guessing Jerry was approximately 60-65% deceased, yet he gave a very inspired performance which was also a little sloppy at times. We start right off with a CRS, which kinda caught me off guard. Immediately I notice just how shot Jerry sounds, but his playing was there..Pretty nice opener which was wound very tight at the end which plowed right into a very decent Promised Land. Bobby sounds hot tonight. Ramble On was next, and it sorta sucked. Now, the Aint Superstitious>Down in the Bottom sounded like Minglewood. No, it was Minglewood note for note with different lyrics. I really didn’t like it too much but again, Bobby is sounding good today so that helps…Bird Song>Comes a Time>Deal is next and is definitely the highlight of the first set. Im just gonna say that in general this combo is very nice. It just is sorta depressing to me to hear such an emotional song (Comes a Time) sung by Jer with such a shot voice. Im sure it was quite the moment for the crowd to hear with thoughts and rumors of his poor health swirling around by now. The first set is done and I felt a little moved by the first set. Very nice, much better than I anticipated.

TMNS starts off the second set after a few words from Bobby, and its off to the races again. Brent sounds a little higher in the mix during the second set, but not too high to put me off. They pull off the opener nicely and then they meander into Tom Thumb, which I really liked. The slow, weird time of this one really made it for me. In addition to Phil dropping cone splitting bombs all over this Park, he also does this one justice. Sweet job Phil! Next we have Estimated>Terrapin>.Drums>Space which starts off pretty good with some heavy vocals from Bobby, but it really loses its way during Terrapin..I thin Jerry misses two complete verses and I think Bobby may have woke him up abruptly for the second time around on the chorus. Drums and Space were just that and that part of the combo was really weak. Terrapin really killed it. I mean, Brent had his moments but they were not enough to keep this stinker from reeking up the place. That’s OK though because when they melt back into Miracle bobby really brings it..Strong!! I don’t ever really care for Miracle but this one delivers. Out of Miracle, we have the best and most emotional part of the show which is Dew. Man, I cant imagine what that was like hearing live. I was blown away by this Dew and for very good reason. His shot, almost sad sounding voice coupled with his heavy riffs make this an emotional roller coaster. Great Dew. Loved it. Throwin was kinda a disappointment after the beautiful Dew, and the NFA wound this one up nicely. The encore was Day Job, and I have to admit that song confuses me. Its like this hoky little melody that almost seems like it’s a joke or something. I have no idea how that song was ever taken seriously by the band nor why they played it so much during this time frame.

So, my thoughts…This was a very good show by any standard. I think for ’85, it’s a remarkable show. I just have a hard time listening to Jerry when he sounds so awful. His playing for the most part was hot on this night, but he sounded like Kermit close to death most of the time. Comes a Time and Dew both really got me, and so did this show for the most part. Set aside the abysmal Terrapin sequence, and this woulda been one of the greats. I just have to mention Phil’s influence real quick on this one. His bomb dropping throughout was a big factor in Jerry’s performance I think. It always seems to me when Phil has a really good show, Jerry does too. I think that was the case here and Jerry gave it pretty much everything he had on this evening. They both sounded wonderful. I am recommending this and giving it an A-. I bet this one was great live! Cheers!

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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 28, 2011 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hershey 6 - 28 - 85

Almost late for this show, as we had stopped in NYC to pick up dye and tees, and then I drove past the PA turnpike exit. Got tickets and inside in time. I think the highlight was the three Jerry song first set closer. I also liked when Phil sang a song, and Jerry always plays sweet licks on Dylan tunes.

As we headed south from this show I remember thinking how we were really set up for a Scarlet/Fire, and when was the last Shakedown anyway? We didn’t have long to wait.


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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 28, 2011 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hershey 6 - 28 - 85

That is an amazing congruency. Very good write up btw.
Do you have any of the last 3? Could you post it after mine, if you do (so I'm not swayed).

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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 29, 2011 4:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Hershey 6 - 28 - 85

It is pretty amazing..I have not reviewed any others from the run, and i think this may be the only '85 show I have ever reviewed. Anyhow, I dug it and Im no 80's head. The various reviews here on the different sources are awesome too.